Key Quotes for 2018

Key Quotes for 2018

A world perspective in bite-size chunks
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Last update: Tuesday 18th December
 
High Court family judge Sir Andrew McFarlane says the number of care cases is putting "untenable" pressure on courts, with UK forced court care orders rising 34% in the last year alone.
Social IssuesChristian Concern - 26th July 2018
 
The Queen’s annual expenditure soared by around 13% as a decade-long programme of renovations began at Buckingham Palace. The taxpayer funds received by the monarchy to pay for official duties and other expenditure – the Sovereign Grant – rose from £41.9 million to £47.4 million, with payroll costs, travel and property maintenance all increasing compared with the previous year.
MoneyThe Sentinel – 28th June 2018
 
The Californian Bill AB 2943, that could have banned therapy for those wanting counselling for gender or sexual orientation issues, has been halted - for one year at least. Even promotions or descriptions of such therapy, like Bible verses, could have been made illegal.
HealthChristian Weekly News - 7th September 2018
 
A Stonewall report claiming sexual abuse shelters would be unaffected by assisting men who identify as women has been fiercely attacked by a worker within the sector. The author described Stonewall’s document as “at best a disingenuous depiction” of the views of people working with abused women. At worst, she said, it could trick supporters and the public into believing that women who disagree with Stonewall “are wrongly misrepresenting female survivors of male violence”.
Social IssuesThe Christian Institute - 16th August 2018
 
The UK motor industry has warned that uncertainty over Brexit negotiations is “holding us back” as new figures show investment has been slashed by nearly half so far this year. Mike Hawes, chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, claimed contingency planning, job losses and investment cuts are “the price we pay for slow decision-making. It’s ominous.”
MoneyThe Sentinel – 27th June 2018
 
Argentina's Senate has voted against a bill attempting to legalise abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. Although Argentina allows abortion in certain cases, the new proposed legislation would have removed all restrictions on abortions up to 14 weeks.
HealthChristian Concern - 16th August 2018
 
A local councillor has described gospel tracts posted through letterboxes in Essex as “extreme”, but The Christian Institute says they speak of God’s love. “What comes after Pride” explains how God opposes people who build up themselves – in contrast to Jesus who humbled himself by dying on the cross. But David Burton-Sampson, a Basildon councillor, said the content was “appalling” and excludes people.
Religious PersecutionThe Christian Institute - 23rd August 2018
 
Almost half of parents have taken their child out of school to go on holiday, with many saying it is too expensive to go away during the summer break, a poll suggests. More than one in four (27%) mothers and fathers say they have taken their youngster out of lessons for a trip on more than one occasion, according to a survey commissioned by Co-op Insurance. Parents can be fined £60 if their child misses school without permission – including for holidays.
EducationThe Sentinel – 26th June 2018
 
This week a Public Bill Committee considered and accepted several minor Government amendments to the Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill. If passed, the legislation would see an opt-out system of organ donation introduced across England, with sources indicating it would be in operation by spring 2020.
HealthCARE- 14th September 2018
 
A recent YouGov survey showed that fewer than one in five think people should be allowed to legally change sex without a doctor’s approval.
HealthThe Christian Institute - 16th August 2018
 
Dog attacks remain a “major concern” for postal workers after almost 2,300 incidents were reported last year, new figures show. The Royal Mail revealed that, although the total number of attacks fell by 8%, there were increases in several areas of the country. Postal workers bitten by dogs have been left with permanent and disabling injuries, with more than 44 attacks every week despite years of campaigns aimed at protecting employees.
CrimeThe Sentinel – 25th June 2018
 
The Telegraph reports that thousands of married UK couples exaggerate relationship faults to secure divorce by lying about cheating, a partner's unreasonable behaviour and the length of their separation.
Social IssuesChristian Concern - 17th August 2018
 
Christians remain the most persecuted religious group in the world, new figures from the Pew Research Centre show. The Centre’s report on religious harassment in 2016 found that Christians were harassed in 144 countries, up from 128 the year before, while Muslims were harassed in 142 countries, up from 125 in 2015.
Religious PersecutionChurch Times - 29th June 2018
 
Hungary has approved a constitutional amendment making it more difficult for refugees to gain asylum and passed legislation which threatens people helping asylum seekers with up to a year in prison.
World IssuesThe Sentinel – 21st June 2018
 
The government has revealed that women in England will be able to take abortion pills at home by the end of the year.
HealthChristian Weekly News - 31st August 2018
 
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